The police will stop many of us at some point in our lives. It may be while traveling in a motor vehicle, riding a bike, or on foot. It is imperative that you understand the full extent of your legal rights so that you can protect yourself in the event you are stopped. The old adage that you have the right to remain silent so use it comes to mind. The right to remain silent is just one of several rights you have when stopped by Police. For more information read on or call our Tulsa county criminal lawyers now.
Your Rights When Stopped by Police include the following:
- You have the right to remain silent. Tell the police in clear language that you wish to remain silent if you so choose.
- You can refuse to allow the police to search your home, your person, or your car.
- So long as you are not under arrest, the police cannot detain you.
- You have the right to an attorney in the event of an arrest. Ask that one be provided immediately.
- Everyone has these constitutional rights and immigration or citizenship status does not affect your rights.
When You are Stopped for Questioning:
- Do not run and stay calm. Do not obstruct or resist the police in any manner and keep your hands up and clearly visible.
- Ask if politely if you are under arrest. If the officer says no, then leave silently. If the officer states you are under arrest, he or she must explain why.
- You do not have to answer the officer’s questions. Invoking your rights to remain silent is not punishable. Express to the officer your wish to remain silent clearly. You may provide your name in order to identify yourself.
- You do not have to consent to a search of your person or belongings. However, the police officer can pat you down if they suspect the presence of a weapon. You should not resist the pat down but do not consent to further searches.
At a Traffic Stop, Know Your Rights:
- Stop the vehicle in a safe location as quickly as you can. Turn the car off, turn on the light inside your vehicle, open your window slightly and place your hands on the steering wheel.
- If the officer requests, show your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration.
- If the officer asks to search your vehicle, you can refuse to provide consent. However, if the officer believes your car holds evidence of a crime, it the officer may search it without your permission.
- You have the right to remain silent. If you are an un-involved passenger, you can ask to leave. When the officer says yes, calmly leave. If the officer says no, you can still exercise your right to remain silent.
Keep these rights in mind so that when stopped by an officer, you can protect yourself to the fullest extent. Upon arrest, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible.
Get a Consultation regarding Your Rights When Stopped by Police:
Our Tulsa Tulsa County Criminal Attorneys understand the seriousness of any misdemeanor or felony charge. A misdemeanor or felony conviction could result in considerable jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. It is imperative you do all you can to prevent conviction on a criminal charge. Our Tulsa County Lawyers have the experience and knowledge you need to achieve the best legal outcome. We can help you determine your rights when stopped by Police. If those rights have been violated this may be a basis for dismissal or reduction in certain charges. Call the criminal defense attorneys today at 918-379-4864 to schedule your free consultation.